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, new commando-style raids across the u.s. and europe. brian ross has the latest. >>> and, wrestle mania. they've kicked, jumped and flipped their way into the hearts of millions of americans. now, pro wrestling hat its sights set on a really big audience. and that's a "sign of the times." >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," september 28th, 2010. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin tonight with a shocking look behind some of the most popular nonfiction films of our time. nature documentaries. these films seek to deliver a sense of wonder at the quirkry private behavior of some of the colorful characters in the animal kingdom. the problem, according to a long-time industry veteran we interviewed tonight, is that some of the most incredible scenes are 100% fake. john donvan has our report. >> reporter: animals on the screen. we love them. beethoven in the movie of that name. lassi, in the classic tv show. and then, of course, there is flipper. all of whom were, we knew, esse
it's saturday, september 25th. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are now trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is live on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> so
ever. there have also been u.s. helicopters targeting militants in pakistan. three strikes this month. also a record. the news of the increased threat from pakistan and the stepped-up drone attacks, comes as "obama's wars" shakes up from the pentagon to kabul. bob woodward describing intense white house sessions last fall, pitting president obama against his military leadership. with the war in afghanistan getting worse by the day, the president wanted a number of options on the table, before deciding on a new strategy. but author, bob woodward, told diane sawyer, mr. obama was getting only one option from the military leaders. committing at least 40,000 troops. >> at one of the meetings, if i can quote him directly, he says, i'm pissed. and he is. they keep coming back about details. >> reporter: finally, the president grew so frustrated, he sat down and dictated a six-page document, defining the military mission. a mission he said required significantly fewer troops than the 40,000 minimum the military wanted. >> i have determined that it is in our vital national interest, to send a
. robin is starting hers a little early. it's nice to have elizabeth vargas here with us. welcome back from your vacation. >> thank you. we left as the sea was churning. you could see hurricane earl. >> it's going to define labor day weekend for so many on the east coast. 26 million in its path right now. luckily, for a lot of us in the northeast, it's losing some of its steam. it's now a category 2 storm. we're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense o
said to be targeting a number of countries including the usa. and for it part, the u.s. has ramped up missile strikes over militant training grounds in pakistan. we have two reports on all of this tonight from our senior team, beginning right here with chief investigative correspondent brian ross. brian? >> reporter: diane, what's behind all this is what a senior u.s. and european officials tell us is a credible threat of a major coordinated series of attacks in britain, france and possibly the u.s. the official said no specific time or place was known, but that the plan -- involving commando like attacks against economic targets in europe -- had been detected after the capture this summer of a radicalized german muslim who reportedly had been training with teams of others in pakistan for the attacks. now a worldwide manhunt is underway. among those being sought are a group of other radicalized germans who have been training at terror camps in pakistan, producing videos in german to gain more recruits. german officials say some of the recruits actually came from the same mosque in ham
: and by the president, the night before mother's day. >> this is a tough holiday for rahm emanuel because he's not used to saying the word "day" after "mother." >> reporter: two years ago, the president pressured emanuel to become his chief of staff, thinking emanuel's experience as a member of congress and former political director for the clinton white house would be indispensible for the president's ambitions agenda. a job he said he would do for at least two years. >> reporter: are you here until the end of 2010 for sure? >> yes. >> reporter: beyond? >> mind if i talk to my wife first about it? >> reporter: but he made no secret of his desire to head to the city with big shoulders. >> one day, i would like to run for mayor of the city of chicago. that's always been an aspiration of mine even when i was in the house of representatives. >> reporter: so from almost the very moment chicago mayor richard daley announced he would not seek re-election, emanuel and the president began talking about his departure. white house officials praised emanuel today for successfully strategizing for and pushing thro
a major announcement. >>> "obama's wars," the revealing book. taking us behind closed doors. what makes the president angriest? what does he worry about all the time? >>> and fire danger in southern california. the hottest day ever. so hot, it actually broke the city's main thermometer. >>> good morning. we begin this morning with a developing news story, which may be considered the highest-profile resignation yet from president obama's inner circle. >> obama administration officials are getting ready for rahm emanuel to say that he is stepping down. it could come this friday. no final decision has been made. >> emanuel is a chicago native. and he wants to run for mayor there. his temporary replacement may come on friday. >> his departure would be in the heat of the midterm election campaign. and president obama will be back on the stump again today. >> emily schmidt is in washington, this morning, with the developing story. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. when barack obama ran for president, in 2008, the lines at his student events usually stretch
terror plots here in the u.s., is reportedly resurfacing. does it mean more attacks? brian ross has the latest on the new thoughts that has authorities on high alert. >>> true confession. this woman claimed to be the victim of that vicious acid attack. for the first time, we learn why she planned this hoax and burned her own face. >>> and too many wives? police investigating the family in the reality show "sister wives." will the public send the family to court? >> four wives? 16 kids? >> maybe they should have thought about that before going on tv. >> the show's going to go, on they say. we're going to have that in our next half hour. >>> first, president obama in full campaign mode. he's in iowa and virginia today. two of his key states from 2008. last night he had a huge college rally in wisconsin, trying to target the voters who surged the polls but have been sitting this year out. and the big question is, can he recapture some of that 2008 magic? it's been the tea party's year. >> it certainly has. >>> also this morning, strong charges coming from a man accusing the pastor in t
with a family in des moines, iowa. >> earlier the president used a combination of bluntness and inspiration to rally democratic voters. karen traverse joins thus morning from madison. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. with five weeks to go before the midterm elections, president obama rolled up his sleeves, dusted off an old familiar campaign phrase, and said he was fired up. >> the stakes are too high for our country and for your future, and i am going to get out there and fight as hard as i can, and i know you are too. >> reporter: before an estimated crowd of 17,000 at the university of wisconsin, mostly students, mr. obama pleaded with young voters to bring back the enthusiasm from the 2008 campaign. he asked them to knock on doors and pledge to vote. vice president biden and members of the cabinet brought similar methods to college campuses across the nation. the goal is clear, rev up those young voters, age 18 through 29, who were critical to the obama campaign's success in 2008. that year, 66% of voters went for mr. obama. 32% for senator john mccain. tw
really might have happened. >>> good evening. since 9/11, all of us in america have lived with the prospect of another terrorist attack. and today, top counterterrorism officials appear before congress with a warning. they said the danger is as grave as it has been since september 11th, nine years ago, and they said al qaeda has new ways of recruiting people inside this country. pierre thomas followed all the testimony today and joins us now. >> reporter: diane, we watched what these intelligence officials have to say very closely. and i can tell you, their tone today was especially stark. >> the past year has noted the most significant developments in terrorism since 9/11. >> reporter: in the last 18 months or so, at least 63 americans have been arrested or convicted of terrorism charges. >> that's an astoundingly high number. >> we have seen a dramatic spike. do you believe this is an aberration or is this likely to continue? >> caution would dictate that we assume it is not an aberration. >> reporter: the washiwarning w blunt. the threat from within here at home is grow
this weekend. 64 people on board. lisa stark tells us how the skill of the pilot made all the difference. lisa. >> reporter: diane, before we get to that pilot, let me tell you something we just learned about this aircraft. this model of plane has had previous landing gear failures. in fact, the faa this summer issued a safety directive warning the landing gear doors could jam. it's not known yet if that's what happened here. this was the scene in the passenger cabin. >> heads down, stay down. heads down, stay down. >> reporter: chase benzenberg, who shot this video, said some were praying, others crying. >> the lady in front of me, i see her get teary and she reaches for her husband's hand next to me. >> reporter: the plane needed to land, but the right wheels remained stubbornly up. captain jack conroyd jr., a former navy pilot, and first officer larkin newby calmly called controllers for help. >> our preference would be to proceed over to jfk and execute an emergency landing over there. >> brace for impact. >> reporter: here was the danger. a mistake and the plane could skid out of control,
east peace, and struggles to find a voice on the economy. >> can you guys still hear us? >> analysis from the "roundtable" with george will, thomas freedman. paul krugman, and mary jordan. >>> and "the sunday funnies." >>> it's labor day. one day a year, we honor our workforce. do we still have a workforce? i don't know. >>> today marks a new beginning for "this week." through our partnership with the bbc, we're delighted that as of now, this program is being broadcast globally in more than 200 countries. we begin with tony blair. this week, the former british prime minister released his memoir, "a journey" and we sat down for his first north american interview. during ten tumultuous years -- as well as taking his country to war in iraq and afghanistan, his interventions in kosovo, sierra leone. his policies were similar to those of president clinton. they forged a close release ship. after 9/11, global events secured his relationship with president bush. >> i give you, on behalf of our country, our solidarity. >> have you already in your talks found something maybe you -- a personal
mom's power chair, i expected they'd show her how to use it once or twice. that man stayed for hours! whatever it takes, as long as it takes. that's our guarantee. why do we go to < uch great lengths? because making you mobile is our mission. we'llwork wit your doctor. we'll work with medicare and lçur private insurance. we'll even service your scooter anywhere in the country. call the sco÷"er store today. >>> welcome back, everybody. former british prime minister tony blair attended wednesday's mideast peace talks. and while in washington he spoke with "this week" anchor christiane amanpour. >> the two talked about the prospects in the middle east, george w. bush, and even princess diana. >> reporter: the interview coincides with the release of his memoir, "a journey." tony blair explained that he sees the key to breaking the impasse in the middle east. you say the biggest problem with the middle east peace process is that no one has ever gripped it long enough or firmly enough. the gripping is intermittent and intermittent won't do, it doesn't work. if it was gripped it would be
, the first to go on "dancing with the stars." we'll tell us what he thinks of the decision, live. >>> and good morning, everyone. did you lose your voice cheering for the hoff last night? >> the only way it could go. i don't know it is. the back-to-school cold crept up on me. i apologize. >>> we have a big story. >> a huge story. >> bob woodward's book, a bombshell. infights over sending thousa nds of troops. the president pushing hard against the chairman of the chief of staffs, mike mullen. against general petraeus. the top security adviser, jim jones, reportedly referred to his aides as water bugs, the mafia. he says the cia has set up a 3,000-man paramilitary force, a secret force, that fights the taliban in afghanistan and pakistan. >> all this comes as another top economic aide is set to leave the white house. we'll have more on the white house shakeup ahead. >>> and also this morning, it's been a political flash point this year. we're talking about islam, with the proposed mosque near ground zero. we begin an in-depth series. and we kick that off our next half hour. >>> we
, sending concentrated sunshine on the poolside patrons. >>> good morning. and thanks for being with us. well, get ready for a drencher, up and down the east coast today, with air delays stretching nationwide. >> it's all because of a powerful storm system, already spawning possible tornadoes and tearing apart trees. we begin coverage, now, with emily schmidt. >> reporter: it's hard to know, looking at all of the rain falling all along the east coast. if people are testing the water. >> first tropical storm i've ever been in. so, it's kind of cool. >> reporter: or is the water testing them? north carolina's governor declared a state of emergency, after wilmington had at lest 18 inches of rain since sunday. 4 months' worth of water in 100 hours. one inch more would top a record set by hurricane floyd a decade ago. for landscape businesses, it's disappointing. >> it just hurts you. it hurts everybody. like four days in the house doing nothing. >> reporter: for others, it's disorienting. >> i normally make my swing around to go to this box over here. to deliver. and i misjudged the payment
still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: milla alasz, her husband and three daughters are finally home. the girls tried to coax the rabbit they left behind out of its cage, but it's too terrified to come out. the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three homes directly behind them. milla says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire thursday night. >> i didn't sleep. look at my eyes. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place. it's like -- i want to move around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are
in the atlantic. it threw all its moisture and formed a low right over us last night. it's no longer a tropical system. it's just a big storm that's going to behave like a nor'easter and move inland all the way up the northeast. but it has plenty of rain with it. we're talking about a lot of communities coming in with flooding like this. this is right here, on my boots. robin, that's about a foot of rain we're standing in. many places from washington to new york, will see four to six inches of rain out of this storm. robin? >> it's such a mess. sam, we'll have more from you coming up. >>> we have breaking news for parents. a massive recall of children's products, including millions of tricycles and highchairs, all made by fisher price. lisa stark is in bethesda, maryland, with details on this. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: robin, these are the recalled products. everything from a highchair to a small, toy car. they have serious safety flaws. parents should stop using them immediately. it's a major recall, involving four, different fisher price products. first, nearly 1 million highchairs. so
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an outside feed product. >> for you to come before us and say, it's the feed, we had nothing to do with it, is hard for me to believe. >> reporter: victims had a hard time believing decoster too. >> it just overpowered my whole system. >> reporter: 30-year-old sarah lewis, who nearly died, met with decoster after the hearing. >> i said, i am a real person and this is what you've done to me. >> reporter: when we asked -- >> will you take responsibility? >> reporter: all we got was silence. david kerley, abc news, washington. >>> there is a new theory being offered about the sinking of "the titanic." it comes from the granddaughter of the most senior officer to survive the disaster. because of a steering error. she claims it sank because the captain continued sailing instead of stopping the ship. the officer's granddaughter just made the claims public in her new book. >>> here's your thursday forecast. hail and gusty winds in southern minnesota, omaha, des moines, and kansas city. heavy rain and flooding from the dakotas to wisconsin. showers from san antonio to new orleans. thunderstorms fr
tween the u.s. and iran. iran accuses them of spying. their families say they were just hiking in the mountains near the iran/iraq border. >> we see the islamic republic use their reporters as political collateral before but they are obviously incredibly savvy when it comes to the media and the pr game. and the worst thing that could happen to them would be that something would happen to sarah inside the prison. >> reporter: there's no immediate sign bauer and fattal will be released but his lawyer says he's hopeful. >> does this bring any hope at all for the other two hikers? i hope that the trial is back on track and the 24th cases will be resolved quickly. we reached sarah's mother. she had no official word from iran. she heard the news from us. she's now folk ugs all her hope on when she can finally see her daughter again. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >>> heavy rain from memphis into kentucky and southern illinois. large hail and gusty winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma and somealate rain into the dakotas and montana as well as some showers in florida. >>> 91
. >> morning, robin. this is a max can landfall in this storm. but it's a u.s. problem. we'll show you pictures of galveston this morning, of the waves breaking in that area. all the way up the texas coast. well into texas, with the problems that will be texas flooding. here's a look at the rain. look at the yellow, the heaviest rain. p. and the center of circulation is west of corpus christi. let's show you why it's not going to go away quickly. four to eight inches of rain. a little south of dallas, as well. big-time texas flooding. watch hermine interact with this stalled front that's north. look at oklahoma, north texas, in the hill country here. we could have a good, solid area. 10, 12 inches of rain that just stays put. nothing is going to kick this out until about thursday. we'll go over all the weather patterns. and again, watching the tropics, active. there's a little wave off the coast of africa. gaston has weakened. not a lot to talk about. we'll watch them all. >>> we're going to go now to the wildfires in colorado. firefighters worked through the night, trying to contain them as th
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